(Note: The new Mitsubishi Strada does not come with the action camera seen on the above interior photo. The feature unit on this article was that of the test unit used in the Off-Road Expeience course.)
Yes, the new Mitsubishi Strada is offered in the Philippines with 6 variants to choose from; 4 of which come in 4x2 platforms, while the remainder sports 4x4 layouts. Do note that all 6 variants are now motivated by a 179 hp 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine with a pulling power of 430 Nm. The motor comes with variable geometry turbo and MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control System). Depending on the variant, it would spin a 6-speed gearbox available in manual or automatic with Sports Mode and paddle shifters.
Safety was also made paramount in the new Strada. That said, some of its highlight safety goodies include Forward Collision Mitigation, Active Stability and Traction Control, and Hill-Start Assist, among others.
All these improvements in design, tech, and safety were put to the test during MMPC’s new Strada launch event which was highlighted by an off-road experience. This off-road experience was of 2 folds; a test drive and a taxi ride. The former allowed gusts to hop in and take the new Strada for a spin around a short course within Pradera Verde. The latter was the more thrilling one as guests were treated to a shotgun ride with 2-time Dakar rally champion Hiroshi Masuoka behind the wheel. The off-road courses featured numerous jumps, tight turns, elevations, and banking that showcased the improved handling of the new Strada.